This week we chat to entrepreneurial siblings Bianca and Tristan, founders of kids t-shirt brand Little Palma and recipients of this weeks TVM Start-up Stall.
"My brother Tristan and I were the sole designers of our clothing label Lucid that went on to wholesale across Australia. Over 7 years we owned and operated two fashion retail stores in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and James Street precincts, called Lucid Laundry. Continuing on from this venture we dabbled in hospitality by owning a dumpling bar called Brunswick Social, but are now back to doing what we love."
Tell us about your creative background?
The clothing industry is something both my brother and I are very familiar with given we were born into a family of rag traders. We’ve worked closely with our parents and they have taught us a lot about the industry - they constantly inspire us on many different levels!
Is this business your sole income or you do have a full-time gig?
I am currently mixing Little Palma with Mama Life!
Tell us about your brand name, how did this come about?
We love all things beachy (including palm trees and ocean sparkles), and preserving the environment for the “little” ones – with a strong focus on being kind not only to the people but to the planet. Also “palma” means palm in Spanish, and colourful Spain/Africa is also a great source of inspiration.
Being a mother to little ones and then moving to the beach 12 months ago is how Little Palma came about.
What products or services are included within your range?
We have an amazing range of our own kid’s tees that we have collaborated on with our friend and Sydney artist - Daimon Downey. We also have a beautiful collection of African treasures including bolga hats, sisal baskets, kiondos , and handmade wooden animals. We’re also about to launch our adults tees which is very exciting!
What inspires you creatively?
Everything from travelling, colours, my children and this beautiful part of the world we live in, especially the southern beaches of the GC!
Do you implement any sustainable practices within your company, if so tell us about this?
We use Better Packaging, which is compostable because it’s bio-degradable packing. Our African treasures are also made from recycled and natural products.
Do you collaborate with any other local GC/Brisbane businesses?
Not at this stage but we have a few exciting collabs coming up with some local artisans, and we will continue to work with Daimon Downey through this summer.
Why did you choose TVM as a platform for your business?
We have always been a fan of TVM and watched it grow and evolve over the years – as we live locally we see TVM as the perfect fit for Little Palma!
Where’s your favourite local GC coffee haunt?
Barefoot Barista in Palm Beach.
Too many to list...
Favourite way to unwind?
Lazy days at the beach finished off with pizza and red wine always!
What’s your favourite TVM stall, if you have one?
Loving Spencer Ceramics right now!
Find Little Palma at TVM this Sunday 20 October and check them out online, here.